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Old February 23rd, 2007, 08:15 AM   #1
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http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/425822/998403

US terror statistics inaccurate

Feb 21, 2007

Nearly all of the terrorism-related statistics reported by the US Justice Department and the FBI from the September 11 attacks until early 2005 had some inaccuracies, the department's inspector general has said.

The findings drew immediate criticism from US senators, who said it raised serious doubts over how effectively the administration was fighting the terrorism threat.

"If the Department of Justice can't even get their own books in order, how are we supposed to have any confidence they are doing the job they should be?," said Senator Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat.

"Whether this is just an accounting error or an attempt to pad terror prosecution statistics for some other reason, the Department of Justice of all places should be classifying cases for what they are, not what they want us to think them to be," Schumer said.

The report found that only two out of 26 statistics were accurate after reviewing the number of terrorism convictions in the 2003 and 2004 financial years, the number of convictions or guilty pleas from September 11, 2001, through February 3, 2005, and the number of terrorist threats tracked by the FBI in 2003 and 2004.

"We found many cases involving offenses such as immigration violations, marriage fraud, or drug trafficking where department officials provided no evidence to link the subject of the case to terrorist activity," the report said.

Inspector General Glenn Fine said the Justice Department should clarify the definitions it uses in its anti-terrorism categories, maintain adequate support for the numbers and improve internal controls to improve accuracy.

The report found the statistics were inaccurately reported for various reasons.

Senator Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican and a judiciary committee member, said of the report: "The question I have now is whether the inaccuracies are an accident or if there was some other motive behind it."

The collection and reporting of terrorism-related statistics have been decentralised and haphazard, according to the report and most of the statistics were significantly overstated or understated.

Department officials failed to establish internal controls to make sure the statistics were accurately gathered, classified, and reported.

In response to the report, spokesman Dean Boyd said the Justice Department, with few exceptions, had already implemented the changes recommended by the inspector general.

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Hmm, now why would the federal government want to skew these numbers???
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 08:41 AM   #2
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I think after 9-11 we need to look at any of those types of cases more closely. :miff: I think heightening the American awareness isnt really a bad thing.
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 09:04 AM   #3
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I think after 9-11 we need to look at any of those types of cases more closely. :miff: I think heightening the American awareness isnt really a bad thing.
you mean promoting fear?

we are being governed by fear pimps.

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you mean promoting fear?

we are being governed by fear pimps.

WTF is a fear pimp?
You are too weird :miff:
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OMG you are sooo right!!!!! I live in fear every day!!!! Sometimes I am so scared I can't even get out of bed in the morning!!!!

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OMG you mean to tell me that some statistics are skewed to support a particular point of view? say it's not so....




I generally assume ALL statistics are skewed to support a particular point of view.
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OMG Global Warming!!!! Whoops. Wrong party scare tactics.
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I think fear pimps are the next big thing when global warming dies out.
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Look up Blackwater Corp. I used to work for the guy that started it when I lived in Holland.

Better yet, look it up at youtube.
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